The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to face Lesotho in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Soccernet.ng reports.
Despite the absence of key players like Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze, head coach Jose Peseiro has assembled a formidable squad for the upcoming clash.
Here are the key players to keep an eye on during the match:
The Bayer Leverkusen forward, with seven Bundesliga goals and five assists since joining from Royale Union SG, is expected to make his fourth international appearance. All eyes are on Boniface to secure his debut goal for Nigeria against Lesotho.
Recently called up for the first time, Tella is seen as the direct replacement for the omitted Samuel Chukwueze. Known for his impact that helped Burnley FC secure promotion, Tella’s inclusion in the squad adds excitement, and his performance against Lesotho is highly anticipated.
Having joined Nottingham Forest during the summer transfer window, Aina has been impressive, recently scoring in the Reds’ 2-0 victory against Aston Villa. With Bruno Onyemeachi not fully fit, Aina is expected to play a crucial role in Nigeria’s clash with Lesotho.
In the absence of Napoli forward Osimhen, Awoniyi has reassured Nigerians with his performances. Expected to lead the line for Peseiro’s team against the Crocodiles, Awoniyi’s recent goal-scoring form, despite injury setbacks, makes him a player to watch.
The Brentford midfielder played a crucial role in Nigeria’s narrow victory against Mozambique, showcasing his midfield control and box-to-box movement. With this form, Onyeka is expected to continue his impactful performance in the upcoming clash against Lesotho.